Clark County Press, Neillsville, Wisconsin

September 5, 2012, Page 11

Contributed by "The Clark Co. Press"

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Compiled by Dee Zimmerman


Clark County News


September 1892


Mrs. French is having a model chicken house built and proposes to try her hand at poultry.


C. a. Youmans has a new flock of sheep, 355 head, which were driven up from Trempealeau County.  He bought them of F. C. Allen, the Eau Claire banker.                                                     


Piers for the new bridge to be put over Cunningham Creek, on the Washburn-Levis town line, near Wash Canfield’s farm, are completed.                                                                                         


An excursion train leaves at 10 a.m. today for Black River Falls and will be loaded with Clark County people intent on taking in the Jackson County Fair and visiting our neighboring city.  James O’Neill got the train by guaranteeing the sale of 150 round trip tickets at 65 cents each. We doubt that over that many have been sold.  It is a good idea and everyone ought to go.


Prof. Chas R. Van Hise of the Wisconsin University, professor of metallurgy and a leading geologist visited Neillsville in August of this year.  L. B. Ring took Prof. Van Hise to examine a ledge of red granite at Ross Eddy, which he pronounced to be of an excellent quality of granite, especially for building purposes.  There are other deposits along Black River.  Prof. Van Hise stated that this section of the state was destined to become prominent as a granite producing country.


John Gaden, Husky Turner and three others went to Dakota, Monday, to work in the harvest fields.


As a preliminary to laying the abutments for the new Hewett Street Bridge, it has been necessary to take up the water main to and through O’Neill Creek, make an elbow on both sides and relay the pipe under the stream to the east side of the bridge.  It is a big job and is delaying work on the abutments, there being a scarcity of men to work on it.  The city water was turned off yesterday, causing much inconvenience.  The new bridge will be five or six feet higher than the present one and the approaches are to be built up with dirt taken from the cut to be made in the north Hewett Street hill.  It will revolutionize the looks of that locality and put the pumping station and Hein store below street grade. But all of these hills have to come down sooner, or later, and the sooner the better.        


The carload of horses at the State Fair from the Neillsville Stock Farm has attracted a great deal of attention of people from all over the state, who begin to comprehend that The National Shire and Hackney Horse Company is a big business.


It is the time of the year that the stump-puller goes to work.  The acreage annually cleared is the best advertisement of the value of Clark County land.  Stump fires are burning in almost every back pasture.


The plasterers now have the new Unitarian Church in hand and will be completed, ready for the inside fixtures in about a month or six weeks.                                                                                


Yesterday a small boy pulling a cart loaded with three other boys went racing down the hill past Danger’s store and a lot of men who were looking on, said, one to the other, “It will be a wonder if some of them are not hurt.”  Soon from around the corner came a wail and the wise men said, each one in his turn, “I told you so!”  And when the weeping boy came by they reprimanded him for running, but when he said it was a bumblebee that stung him, they shut up tight and kept shut.


George Dewhurst is having a steel roof put on his brick tenement house on Sixth Street, between West and Grand Avenue.


Balch & Tragsdorf have rented the Lloyd Black, corner of Hewett and Fifth Street and will move into it Sept. 20th.  It is the most substantial business structure in town and the largest. Balch & Tragsdorf are taking quarters of which any firm might well be proud.                                                                                    


The Marshfield Water, Electric Light and Power Co. incorporated this week, with capital named at $100,000.  The Uphams are “it”.


Last Wednesday night the Fourth Street Theater caught fire in the room beneath the stage and the alarm sounded, which brought the fire company out promptly. The blaze was extinguished at midnight, so then every body went home.  Then the alarm called ‘em all back. The fire had broken out again and this time the La Fond scenery, easy chairs, gorgeous tapestries, and such, were all burned.  The hall was pretty well destroyed inside, but the firemen saved the shell and the town feels kind of bad about it.


The hall was well insured and the Company A property was also covered. The Company lost about all their uniforms, but the rifles were saved and other traps. The inspection had been held the evening before and it is presumed that a cigar, or match got dropped, starting a smoldering fire that finally woke to its opportunity.


One week later, a press release was issued, as follows:  Last week it was decided that a handsome new opera house and armory should be built on the site of the burned hall.                              


A son of O. Gullackson died at home, west of the Dan Gates place yesterday morning.  He was 12 years old.  The case was not known to the health officer until after the boy died, then was investigated yesterday forenoon to ascertain whether it was a case of diphtheria. The house has been quarantined.


Later yesterday a second child a girl of the same family aged 9 years, died; of the same disease.


Two of A. Hansen’s children died of diphtheria, last week.            


There was a change made Monday in the make-up of the corporation of Barton, Wolf & Korman Mfg. Co.  Mr. Barton has sold out his interest, Messrs. Korman and Wolf will continue the business.


The residents of school district No. 5, of the Town of Thorp, are proud of their new school building just completed and it will be the best building of its size for school purposes in Clark County. The size of the building is 28 x 42, 16 feet high with a belfry, and contains a large school room, two cloak rooms, and stage, is furnished throughout with the best of furniture, maps and other needs, for a trifle cost of $1,500. The building stands on a solid stone foundation.


September 1952


Lynn D. Jaseph, son of Clark County is enjoying the fruits of labor at the law in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  He and his wife, who was Mary Flower a daughter of Clark County, recently, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.  They are here, re-introduced to Clark County, 50 years after they left it.


Learning of his golden wedding, the publisher of The Press wrote Mr. Jaseph and asked him to tell the story of the 50 years intervening since his departure from the county of his birth.


The Press ventures to insert some of Mr. Jaseph’s responding letter here:


“Upon my graduation from High School in 1899, I was employed summers at common labor and taught country schools for the following three years, in the Ackerman district, west of Neillsville, and afterward at Hemlock, north of Greenwood, and the last term, in order to get 10 months work, near Withee.


My wife was a pupil at Hemlock, and after her people moved out of that district into Longwood, I courted her there and married her in 1902, just about a month before entering the University of Wisconsin law school. We kept house and lived very frugally indeed for four years at Madison.  I was enabled to finish largely because of our old family and personal friends, Charles C. Sniteman, H. M. Root and Charles Bradford, who endorsed my note, upon which I borrowed the several hundred dollars needed.


“Needless to say, I never failed to call on these gentlemen as long as they lived, whenever I visited Neillsville, which was often in the earlier years, until the death of my father, Sol. F. Jaseph, in 1922.  I have always called upon our few remaining old friends whenever my business has taken me near Neillsville.


“After my admission to the bar in 1905, I was employed in the law office of Olin and Butler of Madison for one year, my compensation being almost entirely experience, but extremely valuable.  I then came to Green Bay in 1906, being first an employee of Samuel H. Cady and afterward a member of his law firm for ten years.  In 1916 I entered into partnership with John A. Kittel, which, with younger partners afterward admitted, continued until his death in 1933.  Our firm broke up soon afterward, and I have been alone since 1935. 


“During my nearly 50 years of active practice, including much trial work in lower courts, some 80 cases in the State Supreme Court and two in the U. S. Supreme Court, I have done almost every kind of legal work.


Lynn Jaseph’s father, known commonly as Sol Jaseph, was of great versatility.  He was once sheriff of Clark County and engaged in merchandising and commission business, as well as in farming and gardening.  He took great pride in his surroundings, his home place being notable for neatness and beauty.


The following is gleaned from Curtiss-Wedge History of Clark County, published in 1918:


Solomon Fordyce Jaseph was born in Cattaraugus County, New York.  His father was Fordyce Jaseph, and his mother’s name before her marriage, was Rachel Elizabeth Loomis. Both parents were natives of Vermont. At the age of eight years, Solomon started to make his own way in the world as he went to live and work with his grandfather Loomis in Wyocena, Wis.  When he was 19, he went to lake Benton, Minn., and was there at the time of the Indian massacres in that section of the state.


He returned to Wisconsin and at Poynette he learned the harness trade.  He came to Neillsville, in 1872, at the age of 24, going to work for P. S. Dudley, the owner of a harness shop. At the end of the year, he left Mr. Dudley’s employ and operated a harness shop for himself for the next four years.  He then sold the harness business and stocked his building with groceries and crockery.


After two years, he sold his store and became assistant postmaster under J. W. Ferguson until his next business venture.  This was a commission business, which he carried on in the basement of a building where the Neillsville Bank now stands.


Mr. Jaseph spent two years in the commission business.  He then built a store on the north side and operated a general mercantile establishment for two more years.  He started a drug store, which later became Victor Woelffer’s store.  But Mr. Jaseph operated it for only two years and then opened a confectionary and restaurant, which he conducted for a while.


In 1907 Mr. Jaseph ran for sheriff on the Republican ticket and was elected.  He held that office until 1910 and then served as Undersheriff for two years.


At the end of that time Mr. Jaseph bought 15 acres just south of Neillsville then covered with brush and with dilapidated buildings, which he converted into a place of beauty.  He built a fine residence out of an old house and landscaped the yard, which attracted many to come and see it.  He raised chickens, vegetables and had an orchard of fruit trees.


Jaseph was married one year after he arrived in Neillsville, to Nellie E. Dole, of Poynette.  They had four children: Florence, Lynn Dole, hazel and Hollis W.  All four children graduated from Neillsville High School.


The Ladies Aid of Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Greenwood will serve a Chicken and Ham Dinner, Friday, Sept. 5, starting at 5 p.m. Adults $1.25; Ages under 12, 50¢.                           


Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Crockett celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Max Opelt.  Family members joined in attending a dinner celebration at the Opelt home.


In the afternoon, an open house was held, with many old neighbors and friends dropping in to congratulate the couple.


Mr. and Mrs. Crockett were married September 11, 1892 and began their married life on a farm in the Town of Washburn.  Mrs. Crockett was before her marriage, Maude Hanks, a daughter of Orin Hanks, a farmer in Clark County.  Mr. Crockett’s father was also a native of Clark County, as he homesteaded land in the Town of Washburn.


The Crocketts lived on the farm for 50 years, during which they increased the 40 acres of wild land into a farm of 133 acres.  Mr. Crockett helped to start the Wausau Creamery.  He served on the school board as clerk and treasurer for 23 years and was town treasurer for six years.


In 1942 Mr. and Mrs. Crockett moved to Neillsville.  They have 12 children living and one, Thor H., who is deceased. The other children are: Clifford; Ruth (Mrs. Fred Dittner); Ella (Mrs. Melvin Hansen); Theron; Avice (Mrs. Thomas Knoble); Irene (Mrs. max Opelt); Verlin; Allen; Eunice (Mrs. Oakle Rhead); Ray; Daniel; and Robert.


The Greenwood Pharmacy has been purchased by Harold Trom, of Withee, and is open again, after having been closed two months. The purchase, made from the Lund estate, includes building and fixtures.  Mr. Trom states his purpose is to remodel the building.


Harold Trom has operated the store at Withee for the past 17 years.  He will now take personal charge of the Greenwood store, and will place the Withee store in charge of his brother, Milton Trom.


A & P Food Store’s Canning Specials:

Michigan Elberta Freestone Peaches, 48 lb. bushel, $3.19; Italian Prunes, 12 lb box $1.19; Washington Bartlett Pears 14 lb. box, $1.49                                                                                                


Gambles Store Special - 100 Gallons Fuel Oil Free, with the purchase of a Coronado Oil Heater, 50,000 B.T.U. with 1-year warranty.                                                                                                    


Adler Theatre Showings - Thurs. - Sat. - “Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick,” with Alan Young & Dinah Shore;


Sun. & Mon. - “Wait ‘til the Sun Shines Nellie,’ with David Wayne, Jean Peters & Hugh Marlowe;


Tues. & Wed. - ‘Finders Keepers’;


Coming Thurs., Sept. 18 “Pa & Ma Kettle at the Fair”



After purchasing property on the southwest corner of Hewett and Fifth Street, from Judge Dewhurst, George Lloyd broke ground for a new brick building on that site May 7, 1877, with a 66 feet frontage and 100 feet depth.  Earlier, having been engaged in logging, he then went into the hardware business, stocking his new building with $30,000 worth of merchandise before the following Christmas season.  In 1892, the Balch & Tragsdorf partnership rented the building, moving their hardware business into the large facility. The 2-story building is partially visible on the far right in the above photo.  (Photo courtesy of Bill Roberts’ collection)





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